The Detroit Police Athletic League (PAL) celebrated their 1st opening day on the grounds of Detroit historical importance. For people who don't know, Michigan and Trumbull are just two streets that cross each other. For many, its home of the infamous corner the Detroit Tigers brought fans so many memories.
In two years, Detroit PAL has been able to complete over $20 million in fundraising to redevelop and build the state-of-the-art stadium and headquarters. The Willie Horton Field of Dreams presented by Meijer, is named after the former Detroit Tiger who played 6 seasons with the team. His sons, Deryl and Al Horton were also in attendance.
PAL celebrated their incredible journey with a parade around the stadium supported by players, followed by remarks from PAL’s largest community supporters.
“This is a very exciting time for Detroit PAL and the city of Detroit,” said Tim Richey, CEO of Detroit PAL. “With the help of our generous donors, we have been able to build a new home for PAL and our 14,000 girls and boys. This new stadium is a statement to PAL’s commitment to the sports and programs we offer and the youth of Detroit.”
Mayor Mike Duggan has been an advocate of Detroit PAL’s since the construction of this site was merely an idea. PAL is a proud and active member of the Detroit community, and it is a true honor to have you here today.
Detroit Police Athletic League wouldn’t be complete without the officers, and Detroit Police Chief, James Craig has personally seen to it that PAL receives the support of his team since taking his position in 2013. With his support, the Team Up program pairs police officers with youth teams to be a mentor and coach for the season.
Senator Carl Levin played a pivotal role in making this location PAL’s new home. The former Senator was instrumental in the early development and funding of this stadium site. Before his final term, he secured a major federal grant and earmarked it for PAL’s development plans, kick-starting the birth of a new stadium.
Other supports included President of the Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy, Thom Linn. Former Detroit Lions players Lem Barney, Former and Greg Landry.
After the ribbon-cutting ceremony, fans were invited to go on-to the field, run the bases, and take memorable photos.
Detroit's future is now in play.